Powering Global Prosperity: New Energy for Pressing Industry Challenges

Global prosperity requires reliable energy at a reasonable cost. To meet this demand, the industry is changing the way it produces energy and power, whether it comes from hydrocarbon, nuclear or renewable means. Supplying it requires sustainable development, environmental stewardship, compliance with regulations and cost management. Independent of prices, the industry’s most pressing challenge is cost per unit of energy. Recent layoffs and out-of-the ordinary cuts to capital and operating costs are driving the oil and gas industry to produce energy more efficiently, more safely, and with a smaller carbon footprint. Debate over subsidies, reliability and viability have resulted in accelerated development/deployment and widespread innovation in renewable energy, which includes solar, wind and hydropower, fuel cells, wave and tidal, energy storage, the next generation of fission nuclear reactors and advancements in fusion energy. Continue reading

Thermal Optimization for Energy Efficiency

Where I live in New Hampshire, in the northeastern United States, it is mid-autumn. The leaves are especially brilliant this year and fall temperatures have been warm with just a few nights below freezing. We had to turn on the heat recently and will be paying for the additional fuel usage soon. These chilly nights and warm days have me thinking about honeycomb window blinds and the lowest temperature we can all tolerate indoors in an effort to save energy when it truly gets cold. It strikes me that the heating decisions we make at home to optimize for energy efficiency are very similar to the ones engineers working on all kinds of things make everyday. Continue reading

CFD Simulation Enhances Machine Efficiency

On top of intensifying global competition, shifting consumer preferences and ever-shrinking time-to-market schedules, the growing need to address climate change is increasing  the pressure on businesses to  improve their machine efficiency and effectiveness with greater urgency than ever before. To meet these challenges, companies are finding that they need to revamp their product lines or even develop totally new products. Pump and fan manufacturers especially are seeing a need to for rapid innovation and design breakthroughs to increase machine efficiency. Continue reading

COP21 – A Call for Engineers and Scientists to Innovate

As the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference — COP21 — took place in Paris, I watched as business and world leaders met with the goal to reach a binding agreement on climate policy among all nations. One of the main objectives is to set a path to limit global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by 2100 by reducing man-made emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases (GHGs). Continue reading

Automated Design System Speeds Pump Development

Advanced simulation tools are essential for contemporary and competitive product design. But it is the assembly of these tools into an effective, automated design system that gives leading companies an additional advantage. One such company is Denmark-based Grundfos, one of the world’s leading pump manufacturers.
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Grundfos estimates that pumps currently account for 10 percent of the world’s total electricity consumption. This fact provides ample incentive to improve pump efficiency, given the current drive for energy efficiency and reduction in carbon emissions. Grundfos produces pumps for a wide range of applications: circulator pumps for the heating, ventilating and air conditioning industry as well as pumps for water supply, sewage, boiler, and other industrial applications and for inclusion in the equipment of other OEM’s. With such a broad line of products, it is clear that there is plenty of potential for putting an automated design loop system to work. Continue reading

Simulation Speeds Innovation for Pump and Turbine Company

Gilkes Cooling pumps

Cooling pumps Courtesy Gilkes

On November 3rd, as part of the ANSYS Convergence webinar series, we will presenting an interesting story on how simulation has enabled a well-established company to move rapidly along the innovation curve. That company is Gilbert, Gilkes & Gordon Ltd., aka Gilkes. The company has successfully operated for over 150 years in the Lakes District of the United Kingdom. Their main products are small hydropower systems for generating electricity, and pumps for circulating cooling water in diesel engines. Continue reading

Never a Dull Moment in HPC – Trend Report

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When one of my friends asked me on Saturday night what I like about my job, I started off by saying that “there is never a dull moment in high-performance computing. The computing landscape is constantly changing, the HPC ecosystem collaborations are so numerous and intriguing, and the strategic/economic value of HPC for simulation has never been greater” (or: relevance of HPC for organizations to become more competitive is so compelling).

All of this was very evident at last week’s ISC conference — one of world’s largest high-performance computing events — drawing this year over 2,800 attendees from 56 countries. Let me share with you a few exciting HPC trends observed during this conference.

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This Week’s Top 5 Engineering Technology News Articles

Happy Friday, folks! This week’s round up of interesting engineering technology news articles includes a badminton-playing robot that’s increasing energy efficiency of machines, the largest on-demand supercomputing resource in Europe and a Death Star Kickstarter campaign seeking $850 quintillion for construction.

Enjoy!

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